In the interests of being better organised, here is the link to my fanfic.net page where every fanfic I have ever written is listed in chronological order.
Most of these fics have appeared over here at one time or another, but it's hard to keep track of them, so I'm very happy to sit back and let FF.net do the work for me :)
That is all.
No, I haven't even started on the wine yet.
Chilling with a glass of wine now!
We had the pleasure of catching up with our friend Chris from New Zealand last week, and seeing her got me to thinking about all our other absent friends down in that magnificent part of the world. So this post is dedicated to those people who, although they are a world away, still bring me immense joy every single day!
Funnily enough, I bumped into Dot and David (Dylan's owners) on Saturday morning, and actually got to see the boy Dylan himself. While I was standing there making a fuss of him, David said 'we'd love for you to do a portrait of him soon - probably in the new year'.
I just smiled at him, and thought, 'uh, yes; I'm actually doing one of him now ...'
( DylanCollapse )
Thanks to amberdreams, xlittleangx, theymp, anactoria, and beelikej
We were also joined all the way from Belgium by Wendy who isn't on Livejournal, but is more active on Facebook. She's a wonderful fangirl and is my regular roomie at JIB. We were also joined by amberdreams's hubby, Paul who has no interest in Supernatural whatsoever, and was brave and bewildered throughout the entire afternoon!
jj1564 and milly_gal we'ren't able to join us for various unfortunate reasons and were sorely missed. :(
( Happy fangirl meet upCollapse )
Every time I meet up with one of my precious kiwi friends, I'm reminded that time and distance are no impendiment to true friendship. Without exception, whenever we meet up it's like we never left off; it's effortless. And although it's so very hard to say goodbye, It also makes me happy because I know how lucky I am to know such special people.
Little Twin Ackles ... TWACKLES!
These ladies make a very valid point in this piece, that the nature of fandom is changing. It's a slow, insidious process, but I can notice the difference from the six years that I've been in fandom.
Feedback is the lifeblood of creativitiy, and creativity is the lifeblood of fandom. Without feedback we are, as cherie_morte so beautifully put it, 'just shouting into a void'. I'm only active in the Supernatural fandom, so I can't say if this is a universal trend or just one within our fandom, but it's a sad one in any case.
A lot of people do seem to be migrating over to Twitter and Tumblr. I won't be one of them. Although I have accounts which I rarely use on both, I also loathe them both. I dislike the impersonalness (is that even a word??) of those platforms, and the brevity which they encourage, to the point that I don't actually even get the point of them.
When you have put your heart and soul into writing a story, or creating art, you want to know what people think. What do they particularly like about it? What do they think you could have done better? Did it make them laugh? Did it make them cry? Did it provoke thought? This kind of feedback is the fuel that keeps the engine of fandom running.
A one-click A03 kudos, or 'like' on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, while a decent gesture which is nevertheless appreciated, is an easy get-out which removes that interaction; that chance to brighten someone's day with a positive comment. It could be the difference between a writer being inspired to carry on, or giving up.
That's why I love Livejournal. Quite apart from the fact that I've met an inordinate number of extraordinary people through it, it promotes interaction. It doesn't give you the one-click easy option of a 'like' button. It's a platform for giving and sharing and making friends, not just for 'shouting into the void'.
So I'll echo these lovely ladies and say, let's keep commenting, keep reviewing, and leaving that feedback. Whether it be here on Livejournal, or on A03, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or wherever - when someone's spent a month writing a 10,000 word story, surely they deserve two minutes of your time to say thank you.
I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been as active on reading and commenting of late, real life has seen to that; but even if it takes me a month to get round to it, I always try to leave a few words of encouragement whenever I read something. Reading these posts has made me even more determned to stand by that pledge.
So please, let's keep our wonderful fandom active and motivated. We all owe this fandom so much, we've all benefited from being part of it; so let's pay a little forward, and make sure everyone else gets as much joy and inspiration from our fandom as we all have.
It's the least we can do!
For those of you who, like me, love Calvin and Hobbes, the naughty, precocious little boy and his stuffed tiger, this picture of them all grown up, but still enjoying each other's company, is just adorable.
credit Sean Hampton-Cole on Pinterest
Due to not having any time of work, together with weekend commitments, I wasn't able to be as actively involved in GISHWHES this year as I was last year.
I was part of the team that travelled up to London and had a whale of a time at Comic-con completing several tasks; however, there were also a few tasks I managed to complete on my own.
And here, for your delectation ... or possibly, your amusement/disgust/disbelief (delete as applicable) are my indiivdual submissions ...
( Gruesome humiliation here!Collapse )
A combination of GISHWHES, work and weekend art commitments has kept me busy, busy busy, and I've seriously missed my Livejournal time over the last week. I've been dipping in and out via my phone whenever I can, and there are definitely a few posts I will catch up on, so bear with me!!
Anyhoo, this last week has given me so many reasons to be happy (and one reason not to be happy ... *points to streaming cold and hacking cough which is now in it's ninth day and still going strong*)
So I thought I'd do one of those 'five reasons to be happy' things for today's entry to this meme because, well, yeah ... I've got five good reasons to be happy!
( Five happy reasonsCollapse )
So, all in all, it's a good time to be Dizzo!
just_ruth asked which international friend I most want to meet: That would be an impossible question to answer. The simple fact is I'd love to meet each and any of my international friends that I haven't had the good fortune to meet in person already. I love my interactions with all of you, and it would be a joy and a privilege to meet up with each and every one of you!
sinfulslasher (the birthday girl) asked if I have any special birthday traditions, or if there's anything special I'd like to do on my birthday. I don't have any particular tradition surrounding my birthday, except that I love to celebrate it in some way. I'm a huge kid when it comes to birthdays - I've always said if I had to choose between birthday or Christmas, it would be birthday, no question. So I love to do something that makes it feel special. That usually starts with having the day off work, and my methods of marking my birthday can be anything such as a meal out with friends, a day trip, a weekend away, a theatre show ... the possibilities are endless!
What would I love to do on my birthday? I would absolutely LOVE to be at a con on my birthday, but unfortunately that's never likely to happen because the dates don't work out!
Thank you to everyone who took part in my meme - hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
I'e been caught up ing the wondeful maelstrom that is GISHWHES, and will be traipsing the streets of London today with a bevy of equally insane lovvelies looking for new and inentive ways to make a complete prat of myself.
In the meantime, here's wishing sinfulslasher the happiest of happies on her special day, and I will do my utmost to get your answers out to you later this evening.
So, in the absence of a cake, here's something else yummy and indulgent for the birthday girl!
A group of us headed up to London to go see a Cricket match at the Oval Cricket Ground, Surrey v Kent, and I think it's fair to say that a good time was had by all!
I enjoy Cricket anyway and, being a Surrey girl, I was delighted that Surrey hammered Kent and won easily.
Here's a few pics from the night:
At the Beehive pub outside the Oval; this was probably as sober as we were all evening ...
At this point, us ladies had christened ourselves the 'Twats in Hats'!
Yep, that was about the level for the night
( A night at the CricketCollapse )
To all those people who said it was just a silly fad, here's what your 'silly fad' achieved. You are so very wrong.
I was proud to be a very small part of it!